Hitchhiking with Larry David: An Accidental Tourist's Summer of Self-Discovery in Martha's Vineyard

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A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking around Martha’s Vineyard 
 
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor not only gave ...

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A memoir about a brokenhearted, middle-aged man who stumbles upon solace, meaning, and Larry David while hitchhiking around Martha’s Vineyard 
 
One summer day on Martha’s Vineyard Paul Samuel Dolman was hitchhiking, and none other than Larry David pulled over and asked, “You’re not a serial killer or something, are you?” The comedic writer and actor not only gave Dolman a ride but helped him find his way.
 
Dolman found himself on Martha’s Vineyard that summer in the wake of a painful breakup. Desperately seeking companionship, he began hitchhiking around the island and met a wide array of characters: the rich and the homeless, movie stars and common folk, and, of course, Mr. David.
 
Written with disarming honest humor, Hitchhiking with Larry David will leave readers simultaneously laughing and crying as they ponder the mystery and spirituality of life.

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Light, summery memoir of a journey toward healing from a relationship gone slightly sour. Once a successful entrepreneur in the music industry in Nashville, Dolman (What Matters Most: Intimate Interviews with Notable Nashvillians, 1997) found himself wanting an indefinable something more than his big house and trophy wife. So he sold his business and traveled west to California, where strange coincidences led him to meet a woman he almost instantly considered his soul mate. To his great surprise and bitter disappointment, the relationship did not survive the couple's return to Nashville, where "the Miracle" (as he refers to the otherwise unnamed woman throughout the book) wanted more of a commitment than he did and began looking for it with someone else. Devastated by this apparent betrayal--not just by the woman but also by the universe--Dolman went to his octogenarian parents' summer home on Martha's Vineyard to lick his wounds for a couple of weeks. He wound up spending an entire season there, hitchhiking and biking the island with no larger agenda than eating donuts and ice cream, swimming and sunbathing, and meeting random Vineyard denizens, including, yes, Larry David of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm fame. The first conversation between Dolman (hitchhiker) and David (ride purveyor) is the highlight of the book, not because of anything the two strangers discuss but due to the fact that David's acerbic misanthropy adds a delightfully real contrast to the otherwise sugary-sweet goings-on. Dolman was once a motivational speaker, and it shows. He approaches most conversations like group therapy, where everyone shares Oprah-like wisdom about the pains and joys of life, but nothing goes much deeper than standard Hollywood "life lessons." Pleasant enough beach reading for romantics and believers in fate but probably not for fans of Larry David.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592408740
  • Publisher: Gotham
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 248,867
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Samuel Dolman has dabbled in the film business in Los Angeles with David Foster as his mentor and founded a successful music company in Nashville. He spends his summers on Martha’s Vineyard and the rest of the year in Maui, Hawaii.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Loved It

    Just a great easy summertime read. It was thoughtful and witty, and the location of Marthas Vineyard set the perfect island, vacation tone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Wonderful book!  Funny, poignant, moving, and highly entertainin

    Wonderful book!  Funny, poignant, moving, and highly entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    I felt like I had seen a bit of Martha's Vineyard which I enjoye

    I felt like I had seen a bit of Martha's Vineyard which I enjoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    If you love Martha's Vineyard or Larry David you eill love this book! Such a great read!

    I read this book while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard - I happen to love Martha's Vineyard and Larry David. A very well written, entertaining book. The author has a great talent for storytelling! I had the honor of meeting the author on the Vineyard and he is a great guy - makes you feel good that such a nice person has done well! Waiting for the next book!!!

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    Posted August 31, 2013

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